January 10, 2007, - 12:03 pm
Chertoff, Gonzalez Violate Civil Rights Laws: And the Award for “Outstanding Cronyist By Choice” Goes To . . .
By Debbie Schlussel
. . . Emilio T. Gonzalez, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Gonzalez created a new award: the “Outstanding American by Choice Award,” meant to show us that immigrants are great people.
Apparently, though, he must not really think there are so many great immigrants. Because, guess who won the inaugural “Outstanding American by Choice Award”? You guessed it–Mr. Gonzalez, himself.
Nice cronyist scam: I’ll think up an award, then choose myself for it, then get my crony, Michael Chertoff, to award it to me. Like way totally cool.
And, guess what else? The very existence of this award violates federal civil rights laws, which bar discrimination based on immigration status and national origin. That means that Gonzalez–and his boss, Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff a/k/a “Mr. Burns”–violated the law by having an award that bars eligibility of native-born, non-naturalized U.S. citizens. Too bad the army of DHS lawyers you pay for didn’t seem to notice. And Chertoff, himself a lawyer, was a federal judge and Assistant Attorney General. He knows–or should know–that this is against the law.
But, hey, as long as we’re discriminating against born Americans, it’s okay, right?
Writes one federal agent involved in the immigration biz:
The director of Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Emilio Gonzalez (a naturalized citizen) created an award called the Outstanding American By Choice Award. Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff (Gonzalez’s boss) awarded Gonzalez with the award Gonzalez created. To be eligible for the award you have to be a naturalized citizen. Is this ethical since Gonzalez created the award and it discriminates against native born Americans?
Not only is it not ethical, IT’S ILLEGAL!
Here’s the text from the front page of the USCIS website:
Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson [DS: Not that Michael Jackson, though it's sometimes hard to tell which one is running DHS] presented USCIS Director Emilio Gonzalez with the Outstanding American by Choice certificate to commemorate his 40 years as a naturalized U.S. Citizen and his nearly 30 years of public service.
We find it hard to believe Mr. Gonzalez is deserving of any award, except a prison term, since he’s single-handedly jeopardizing our national security from within. As I noted earlier this year, Sultan Farakhan and other CIS contractors and employees exposed the outrageous behavior, which continues, under Gonzalez’s leadership:
He’s giving hundreds of dollars in bonuses to employees who rush through citizenship applications and paperwork based on the number they get processed, which leads to a lot of rubber stamping of dangerous citizen-wannabes and a lot of waste of taxpayer money. Also under Gonzalez’s “leadership” and exposed by Farakhan and others, the applications were not checked against terrorist databases.
That’s an “Outstanding American By Choice”?! Hardly.
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